Local Band in Focus 

Mechanics of Things

Meet the Band: Paul Conaway (vocals), Brad Stutzman (guitars), Michael Loede (drums), and Scott Alberts (bass)

Grinding Away: Mechanics of Things first got together in the summer of 2007, when Conaway hooked up with Alberts for an acoustic project. They picked up Stutzman and Loede along the way, turning into a decidedly harder group. "We rock, plain and simple," says Loede (pictured, in the fabulous beer shirt). "No gimmicks, just straightforward heavy rock & roll."

That's One Badass Baby:

If Black Sabbath, Kyuss, and White Zombie got together at an orgy and had a kid, that child would look and sound a lot like Mechanics of Things. And we hope you weren't at that orgy.

Of Course They Have an Album Called Twin Electric Death: Mechanics of Things released their debut album earlier this year. They're now working on the follow-up.

Why They Say They Matter: "Mechanics of Things cannot be categorized," says Loede. "No one in this city plays anything like we do."

Why We Say They Matter: Actually, the band's merging of metal and hard rock can be categorized (remember that White Zombie orgy?). But they do rock pretty damn hard.

Where You Can Hear Them: myspace.com/mechanicsofthings1

Where You Can See Them:

At the Phantasy on May 14. — Jara Anton


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